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For More Information Contact:
Jan Marlese
L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery Director
(209) 954-5507

For Immediate Release
                       LH Horton Gallery/Delta College Center for the Arts "Team-Up" to Present:
                                     Delta Jazz Series & "The Art of Jazz" Exhibition
                                                          Feb. 20 - March 21

Delta Jazz Series
Tillie Lewis Theater
February 20, 2013  - 7:30pm ($15)

                    Patricia Barber Quartet - Feb. 20 - Tillie Lewis Theater

“Patricia Barber has adventurous piano playing, a low-vibrato alto on perpetual rhythm and timbre alert and smart songs about the way we think and live, not just the way we love… This is the kind of art we need to be on the lookout for everywhere." –NEW YORK TIMES

The Patricia Barber Quartet features Neal Alger on guitar, Larry Kohut on bass, and Eric Montzka on drums. The Quartet continues to develop new, innovative ways of presenting Jazz and remains the crowd favorite.

Tickets: (209) 954-5110, or,

A Delta Jazz & Brubeck Festival Event
Warren Atherton Auditorium
March 21, 2013 - 7:30pm ($25/$35)

                Tom Harrell Quintet - March 21, 7:30pm - Atherton Auditorium - Tickets: (209) 954-5110

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz composers and instrumentalists of our time. He is a frequent winner in "Down Beat" and "Jazz Times" magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell was also the 2011 "Trumpeter of the Year" nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association Awards. The Quintet includes tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, drummer Jonathan Blake, and bassist Ugonna Okegwo.

Tickets: (209) 954-5110, or,

Delta Jazz Series Special Events

Delta Center for the Arts Horton Art Gallery will present a concurrent exhibition, The Art of Jazz, February 21 – March 21, of works inspired by the improvisational characteristics of Jazz – its distinct sound, history and culture.

Two special events will be held at the Gallery prior to each of the Delta Jazz Series concerts:

  *Exhibition Preview Gala Reception and Patricia Barber Quartet: February 20, 5 - 7pm  ($75)
  *Exhibition Finale Reception and Tom Harrell Quintet: March 21, 5 - 7pm ($100)

SJDC Culinary Arts Program (under Chef Mark Berkner) will cater the events. LoCA Wines will be served, and Artists will be attending! Funding supports Concerts for Kids, the Horton Art Gallery, and the SJDC Culinary Arts Program.

LH Horton Gallery "The Art of Jazz" Exhibition
Feb. 21 - March 21

                            Art of Jazz exhibition at the LH Horton Gallery, Feb. 21- March 21

The Art of Jazz Exhibition is a visual musical experience, featuring works by ten national artists, including SJDC Ceramics Professor Joe Mariscal, and Lodi artist Jim Coston. A variety of works will be displayed: paintings, bronze and ceramic sculpture, intaglio prints, and several sculptural musical instruments, each representing the sounds of Jazz through visual art. Opening night, February 21st from 5–7pm, will present Jazz poet Charles Blackwell accompanied by Brian Kendrick on drums.

A grant from the Stockton Arts Commission was awarded to Delta Center for the Arts, coordinated by Gallery Director Jan Marlese, to fund the exhibition, including the commission of a new work of art and a new Jazz composition. The commissioned visual artist and composer collaborated on their production – with each other’s art form and style informing and inspiring their new creations.

With Delta Center for the Arts Delta Jazz Series presenting an annual Jazz Festival and several Jazz concerts each year, it was decided that the commissioned artwork would be in the form of three 11’ x 7’ panels to be displayed on stage during Jazz concerts. SJDC Art Professor Mario Moreno was commissioned to create the concert stage panels, along with three SJDC art students (Vicente Tomas, Marco Junez and Lily Dircksen) as apprentices. James Miley, Jazz musician, composer and Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Willamette University in Portland, Oregon, was commissioned to compose an original Jazz score.

The stage panels will premier at the Patricia Barber Quartet concert. The Brian Kendrick Big Band will perform James Miley’s Jazz composition at The Art of Jazz Concert for Kids on March 5th, and on March 21st at the Tom Harrell Quintet concert, a Brubeck Jazz Festival event. This will be the inaugurating concert for the newly developed Concerts for Kids Program, providing free admission to District schools Grades 3–6 through community sponsors and special events.

Photos available upon request!

The LH Horton Jr Gallery is a non-profit organization and premier exhibition space in the city of Stockton. The primary mission of the Gallery is to promote the exhibition of quality and culturally diverse artwork in support of our students’ education and the community at large. The Gallery offers excellent exhibition opportunities to local, regional, and national artists, lenders and guest curators. The Gallery presents artists’ work in all media, with no thematic or geographic restrictions. The annual SJDC Student Art Exhibition & Awards Competition is held at the end of Spring Semester.

The Gallery is located on the ground floor of Shima Center, and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free and open to the public. Recommended parking is available in the Shima lot for a fee of $2. Tours are welcome and gallery talks may be addressed by contacting gallery director, Jan Marlese, at: 
(209) 954-5507, or



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